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From Aljoscha Krettek <aljos...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Which window function to use to start a window at anytime
Date Fri, 25 Aug 2017 15:18:15 GMT

I'm afraid this is not possible right now because it would require keeping state in the WindowAssigner
(per key) about what the start timestamp for a specific key is.

I think you could emulate that behaviour by having a stateful FlatMap that keeps track of
all keys and their respective timestamp and assigns windows based on that. For this, you would
emit a custom data type that has the original data along with the assigned window. This window
would then be "extracted" in the WindowAssigner. The downside of this is that you will have
a lot of state so you would need a way to clean that up. You could do this by using a ProcessFunction
where you set a cleanup timer for the per-key window-start state.


> On 16. Aug 2017, at 06:37, Bowen Li <bowen.li@offerupnow.com> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> We are trying use Flink to count millions of keyed items of an hour window hourly as
`time(SlidingEventTimeWindows.of(1hour, 1hour))`. According to the sliding window doc <https://ci.apache.org/projects/flink/flink-docs-release-1.3/dev/windows.html#sliding-windows>,
all windows are aligned with epoch and always start at integral hours like 1:00:00.000 - 1:59:59.999.
> But we actually want to start an hour window whenever an new item arrives. For example,

> - for item A, the first event arrives at 1:12:24.123, so the window would be 1:12:24.123
- 2:12:24.122, and the next window would be 2:12:24.123 - 3:12:24.122, and so on
> - for item B, the first event arrives at 1:10:20:321, so the window would be 1:10:20:321
- 2:10:20:320, and the next window would be 2:10:20:321 - 3:10:20:320, and so on.
> Do you have any insights on how to achieve it? Thanks!
> Bowen

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